Announcements

Jun 20, 2019 Announcement

June 20, 2019

AMENDMENT PROCESS FOR

H.R. 3351–Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2020

Dear Colleague:                                                   

The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of June 24 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 3351, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2020.

Any Member wishing to offer an amendment must submit a searchable electronic copy of the amendment, which should be provided by the Office of Legislative Counsel, via the Rules Committee’s website.  Members must also submit 15 hard copies of the amendment, one copy of a brief explanation of the amendment, and an amendment login form to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified.  Members should draft their amendments to the text of H.R. 3351, as reported by the Committee on Appropriationswhich is available on the Rules Committee website.

Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format. To help expedite drafting requests, drafting templates can be found on the Rules Committee website. If the Office of Legislative Counsel is unable to provide their drafting services before the submission deadline, Members may submit amendments written using the posted templates. Members are urged to re-submit any such amendment as a revision upon receipt of a formal draft from the Office of Legislative Counsel.

Members should check with the Committee on Appropriations for technical and subject matter expertise and the Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendment’s budgetary effect. Additionally, Members should consult with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act. At times of particularly high-volume amendment drafting, these offices may not be able to provide guidance before the submission deadline—Members may submit unreviewed amendments to the Committee.  

The Rules Committee does not intend to make in order amendments that are in violation of House rules or budget rules and would require a waiver.

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Laughlin of the Committee staff at 225-9091.

Sincerely,

James P. McGovern

Jun 18, 2019 Announcement

June 18, 2019

AMENDMENT PROCESS FOR

H.R. 2500–National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

Dear Colleague:                                                   

The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of July 8 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.

Any Member wishing to offer an amendment must submit a searchable electronic copy of the amendment, which should be provided by the Office of Legislative Counsel, via the Rules Committee’s website.  Members must also submit 20 hard copies of the amendment, one copy of a brief explanation of the amendment, and an amendment login form to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified.  Members should draft their amendments to the text of Rules Committee Print 116-19, which contains the text of H.R. 2500, as reported by the Committee on Armed Services, and which is available on the Rules Committee website.

Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format.  Members should also check with the Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendments’ budgetary effects.  Finally, Members should check with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Ismail or Matthew Price of the Committee staff at 225-9091.

Sincerely,

James P. McGovern

Jun 14, 2019 Announcement

The Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM in H-313, The Capitol on the following measure:

  • H.R. 3055—DepCommerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020 [Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020]  

The Committee on Rules may continue consideration of H.R. 3055 on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM in H-313, The Capitol.  

Jun 10, 2019 Announcement

June 10, 2019

AMENDMENT PROCESS FOR

H.R. 3055 – Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020

Dear Colleague:

The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of June 17 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 3055 – Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020. To help ensure Members draft their amendments properly and promptly, please see the following guidance:

  • Members must draft their amendments to Rules Committee Print 116-18, which contains the text of H.R. 3055 (Commerce, Justice, Science), H.R. 3052 (Interior), H.R. 3164 (Agriculture) H.R. 2745 (Military Construction and Veterans Affairs), H.R. 3163 (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development) as reported by the Committee on Appropriations with modifications, which is available on the Rules Committee website. When submitting an amendment, Members must identify which division the amendment modifies.
  • Members must submit a searchable electronic PDF of the amendment, via the Rules Committee’s website. They must also submit 15 hard copies of the amendment, one copy of a brief factual explanation of the amendment, and an amendment login form to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 2019. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified. It is essential that all amendments be received by the deadline to ensure proper consideration.
  • The rule will follow the prior practice of preventing amendments, offsets, or transfers between divisions. It is the Committee’s intent that amendments affecting more than one division of the bill will not be made in order. For example, amendments may not transfer funds from an account in the Defense division to an account in the State and Foreign Operations division.
  • Limitation, “reach-back,” and across-the-board cut amendments intended to affect multiple divisions, must be submitted as separate amendments to each division. Any amendment that would traditionally come at the end of a bill should be drafted to the end of the relevant division.
  • Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format. To help expedite drafting requests, drafting templates can be found on the Rules Committee website. If the Office of Legislative Counsel is unable to provide their drafting services before the submission deadline, Members may submit amendments written using the posted templates. Members are urged to re-submit any such amendment as a revision upon receipt of a formal draft from the Office of Legislative Counsel.
  • Members should also check with the Committee on Appropriations for technical and subject matter expertise and the Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendment’s budgetary effect. Additionally, Members should consult with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act. At times of particularly high-volume amendment drafting, these offices may not be able to provide guidance before the submission deadline—Members may submit unreviewed amendments to the Committee.
  • The Rules Committee does not intend to make in order amendments that are in violation of House rules or budget rules and would require a waiver.

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee staff at 225-9091.

 

Sincerely,

James P. McGovern

Jun 6, 2019 Announcement

The Committee on Rules will meet on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM in H-313, The Capitol on the following measures:

  • H. Res. 430—Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas and for other purposes.  [Original Jurisdiction Markup, Rule]
  • H.R. 2740—Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020 [Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020]  [Testimony from Committee on Appropriations Chairs and Ranking Members, Rule]

The Committee on Rules will continue consideration of H.R. 2740 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM in H-313, The Capitol.  [Testimony from Amendment Witnesses, Rule]

Jun 3, 2019 Announcement

June 3, 2019

AMENDMENT PROCESS FOR

H.R. 2740–Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020

Dear Colleague:                                                   

The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of June 10 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. To help ensure Members draft their amendments properly and promptly, please see the following guidance:

  •   Members must draft their amendments to Rules Committee Print 116-17, which contains the text of H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education), H.R. 2779 (Legislative Branch), H.R. 2968 (Defense), H.R. 2839 (State and Foreign Operations), and H.R. 2960 (Energy and Water) as reported by the Committee on Appropriations, which is available on the Rules Committee website. When submitting an amendment, Members must identify which division the amendment modifies.
  • Members must submit a searchable electronic PDF of the amendment, via the Rules Committee’s website. They must also submit 15 hard copies of the amendment, one copy of a brief factual explanation of the amendment, and an amendment login form to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified. It is essential that all amendments be received by the deadline to ensure proper consideration.
  • The rule will follow the prior practice of preventing amendments, offsets, or transfers between divisions. It is the Committee’s intent that amendments affecting more than one division of the bill will not be made in order. For example, amendments may not transfer funds from an account in the Defense division to an account in the State and Foreign Operations division.
  • Limitation, “reach-back,” and across-the-board cut amendments intended to affect multiple divisions, must be submitted as separate amendments to each division. Any amendment that would traditionally come at the end of a bill should be drafted to the end of the relevant division.
  • Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format. To help expedite drafting requests, drafting templates can be found on the Rules Committee website.
  • Members should also check with the Committee on Appropriations for technical and subject matter expertise and the Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendment’s budgetary effect. Additionally, Members should consult with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act.
  • The Rules Committee does not intend to make in order amendments that are in violation of House rules or budget rules and would require a waiver.

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee staff at 225-9091.

Sincerely,

James P. McGovern

May 30, 2019 Announcement

The Committee on Rules will meet on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM in H-313, The Capitol on the following measure:

  • H.R. 6—American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
May 16, 2019 Announcement

The Committee on Rules will meet on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM in H-313, The Capitol on the following measures:

  • H.R. 1500—Consumers First Act
  • H.R. 1994—Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019

 

May 13, 2019 Announcement

May 13, 2019

AMENDMENT PROCESS FOR

H.R. 1500–Consumers First Act

Dear Colleague:                                                   

The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of May 20 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 1500, the Consumers First Act.

Any Member wishing to offer an amendment must submit a searchable electronic copy of the amendment, which should be provided by the Office of Legislative Counsel, via the Rules Committee’s website.  Members must also submit 20 hard copies of the amendment, one copy of a brief explanation of the amendment, and an amendment login form to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified.  Members should draft their amendments to the text of Rules Committee Print 116-15, which contains the text of H.R. 1500, as reported by the Committee on Financial Services, with modifications, and is available on the Rules Committee website.

Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format.  Members should also check with the Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendments’ budgetary effects.  Finally, Members should check with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act.  If you have any questions, please contact Eric Delaney of the Committee staff at 225-9091.

Sincerely,

James P. McGovern

May 10, 2019 Announcement

The Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 4:30 PM in H-313, The Capitol on the following measures:

  • H.R. 5—Equality Act
  • H.R. 312—Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act
  • H.R. 987—Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019 [Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act]

 

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